The six things you need to do before you move
Move-in day comes quickly. Before you move the first boxes into your new place here are some home projects to tackle before move-in day.
Clear Out Any Unwanted Houseguests
Nothing like hearing scurrying across the bedroom floor on the first night in your new home. Hire an exterminator to check out your property, especially if the house has been vacant for a while. You don’t want any surprises after all of your belongings are in your home.
Your new home is EMPTY! Nothing has to be moved around, every corner, baseboard, and cabinet; is easily accessible. Have your home deep cleaned before move in to start out with a clean slate. Housecleaners will wipe down baseboards, clean inside cabinets, give the refrigerator and freezer a good scrub as well as the oven. Having a good deep clean will make your house feel more like your home on move-in day.
Carpets and Windows
Have your windows cleaned inside and out before move-in day, you’d be amazed how much grime can accumulate on windows in a short amount of time. Likewise, having the carpets cleaned before you move in is always a good idea - carpet fibers trap everything from pet hair to spider eggs (gross, we know), trust us, we've seen some things. Have your carpets and windows cleaned a few days before move in to clear out any cleaning odors.
Check the Smoke Detectors
Make sure all of your smoke detectors are working properly before move-in day. It’s a good idea to go ahead and change the batteries so you know for sure when they were changed last. While you are at it, now is a good time to go over emergency plans with your family.
Have the Locks Changed
You probably have a few sets of keys to your home, but it’s hard to say how many might still be out there. When you move in, it’s a good idea to change the locks. Our experts recommend that you have the While you are at it, check windows and other doors to make sure they lock and operate correctly.
Get Your First Box Ready
The first box in your home should be your “unpack first” box. This is where the rolls of toilet paper go. Other items to throw in this box might include, hand soap, paper towels, a toolkit, cheap shower curtain, furniture sliders, paper plates, plastic utensils, snacks, cups and a few favorite toys for your kids (or maybe a couple of new toys as welcome to your new home gifts!)